Current law throughout the U.S. makes it possible for parents to ensure that no other human being lays eyes on their offspring throughout childhood. We do not know for how many children that happens, but we do know that a great number of children never see a doctor, never attend a school, and/or remain in small insular ideological community, such that no one ever sees them who might have an obligation or inclination to report evidence that they are incurring maltreatment. Professor Dwyer will talk about the laws that make all this possible and some of the proposals for legal reform that are being discussed or implemented and that would ensure all children are directly or indirectly on the state’s “radar.”
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
A light lunch will be provided. Click here to RSVP to Children Off the Radar.
James Dwyer is a Visting Professor at Harvard Law School. He holds the Arthur B. Hanson chair at the William & Mary School of Law, where he teaches Family Law, Youth Law, Trusts & Estates, and Law & Social Justice and has three times received the university’s Plumeri Award For Faculty Excellence. He received his law degree from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in political and moral philosophy from Stanford University. Professor Dwyer has authored a half dozen books and dozens of articles on child-welfare related topics, and he is the editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Children and the Law. Before entering academia, he worked as a family court Law Guardian in New York State, in addition to spending three years as an associate in Washington, D.C. law firms.